COMMON DESCENT AND SPECIAL CREATION
"In that case [the Scopes Trial], anti-evolutionists were fearful that a scientific idea would undermine religious belief. Today, pro-evolutionists are fearful that a religious idea will undermine scientific belief. The former had insufficient confidence in religion, the latter insufficient confidence in science. The point is that profound but contradictory ideas may exist side by side, if they are constructed from different materials and methods and have different purposes. Each tells us something important about where we stand in the universe, and it is foolish to insist that they must despise each other." - Neil Postman. The End of Education, Alfred Knopf, New York, 1995, p.107.
This website was originally created to clear up some unfinished business relating to the exchange of correspondence between me, Jack DeBaun (a proponent of the theory of evolution), and Mr. Tim Knapp (a self-described young-earth creationist (YEC)). This exchange was initiated by Mr. Knapp in the letters to the editor section of a local newspaper in response to the October, 2001, PBS series on evolution. It eventually took on the form of an e-mail debate, and ultimately resulted in my development of this website to clarify my position on the subject. The correspondence exchanged between Mr. Knapp and myself ( together with a chronology of the ensuing events) is presented below under the title, "The DeBaun/Knapp Epistolary Skirmish." The dialogue incorporates many of the arguments that are commonly raised by creationists against the theory of evolution and my responses to them. This website also includes additional comments relating to Mr. Knapp's website, correspondence with other creationists and Intelligent Design (ID) advocates, and articles and links that address salient issues related to the evolution/creation controversy. [Note: As of 3/6/08, Mr. Knapp's website no longer appears to be active.]
By using the term "creationist," I am referring in general to those who believe that all biological species have arisen in a few thousand years from a relatively few basic "kinds" that were created in full form by divine agency in accordance with the Genesis story of creation in the Bible. In my dealings with various creationists, I have found that most of them lack a firm understanding of what the theory of evolution actually entails and are unaware of the vast repository of evidence that supports it. Most of what they know about biological evolution has been gleaned from misinformation disseminated from the pulpit and creationist websites. This website attempts to set the record straight by addressing erroneous information produced and promoted by pro-creation sources and by providing an understanding of the theory of evolution from a mainstream science perspective. It is my hope that those on both sides of the controversy will find the information presented on this website to be both thought provoking and informative.
[Note: This website was produced using Microsoft FrontPage. Unfortunately, some browsers do not correctly reproduce certain punctuation marks such as quotation marks and apostrophes. These marks often appear as a small black diamond with a question mark inside. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and hope that the correct punctuation mark will be evident from the context.]
The DeBaun/Knapp Epistolary Skirmish
A Response to the New Commentary on Mr. Knapp's May 2003 Updated Website
A Response to Mr. Knapp's "Evolutionist Challenge"
More Second-Rate Science from The RATE Group
Mr. Knapp's Attempts at Character Assassination Miss the Target
Some Pertinent Questions Mr. Knapp has Avoided Answering
A Brief E-mail Exchange with Mr. Knapp
"Supernatural Science" - Fact or More Creationist Science Fiction?
How Many Reputable Scientists Actually Doubt Darwinian Evolution?
Intelligent Design: Argumentum ad Ignoratium Masquerading as Science
Scientists Respond to Creationist Carping about the PBS series "Evolution"
What are Key Problems with Jonathan Wells' "Survival of the Fakest"?
Creative Polling - Slanting Questions to Achieve the Desired Answers
Refuting "Refuting Evolution"
The Creationist Monkey Defense Against Contradictory Evidence
Mr. Knapp Catches Up On Some Unfinished Business
OTHER DIALOGUE, CORRESPONDENCE, AND COMMENTARY
An E-mail Dialogue with the Proprietors of Whyevolution.com
Yet Another Creationist Myth: "Evolution Cannot Produce New Genetic Information"
A Frank Dialogue with Mr. X
Dialogue with Disciple
More Evolution/Creation Dialogue in the Daily Bee
Misguided Thoughts About Evolution
Refuting Three Trendy Myths about Evolution
A Candid Dialogue with "Braveheart"
A Taste of Their Own Medicine (Religious-oriented Topics)
An Introduction To Science: Scientific Thinking, And The Scientific Method Expelled Exposed Evolution For Beginners
Evolution For Christians Evidence for Evolution Five Major Misconceptions About Evolution The Watch in the Desert
Thermodynamics, Evolution And Creationism Intelligent Design Creationists Flunk Dover Science Test Project Steve
Intelligent Design: The New Creationism Threatens All of Science and Society Botanical Society Of America's Statement On Evolution
Have Red Blood Cells Been Found In T. rex Bones? How Good Are Those Young-Earth Arguments?
Creationist "Flood Geology" Versus Common Sense From Young Earth Creationist to Evolutionist
Anti-evolution/Pro-YEC/Pro-ID: Answers in Genesis Trueorigins Institute for Creation Research Intelligent Design Network The non-moving earth & anti-evolution web page Creation Research Society
Other: Creation Myths
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Special thanks to my wife, Janice (editor in chief), for her patience in reviewing much of the material contained on this site.